On Tuesday, Washington has approved $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missile to Japan, following close behind several new ballistic missile tests by North Korea, which might create threats for the United States ally.
Japan is likely to purchase upto 73 of Raytheon-made SM-3 Block IIA missiles, which are featured to be fired by the ship-board Aegis System to challenge the incoming of ballistic missiles, said the Pentagon.
The sale was approved after North Korea has started extending its offensive missile capabilities, have been proven over the last two years ability to introduce medium and long-range ballistic missiles, potentially nuclear-tipped, which could strike the United States and its ally Japan.
In August, Pyongyang has already carried out seven missile tests of new short-range ballistic missiles, among which one has flew far enough to reach Japan.
Thereafter, the Pentagon has permitted a new arms sales to South Korea, Hungary, Denmark, and Lithuania, amount together another $943 million.
Hungary is likely to purchase 180 AIM-120C-7 advances medium-range air-to-air missiles, which are also made by Raytheon, which is a large defense contractor.
Meanwhile, Denmark will also purchase low frequency sonobuoys and sonar systems from Lockheed Martin. South Korea will purchase 31 MK-55 lightweight torpedoes, which was featured to be launched from from P-8 Poseidon submarine-hunting aircraft, and Lithuania will purchase 500 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles as well.
Further details are awaited.